It is very likely that the transport of lead carbonate by rail through Fremantle will continue soon, with the EPA giving approval to do so. Magellan Metals, which is now operating as Rosslyn Hill Mining, had severe problems in the past with lead contamination in Esperance, and when it started using Fremantle Ports lead was detected in containers here. That was the end of it for a while as the company closed the mine and sacked 200 staff in 2011.
Two years later the Environmental Protection Authority has now paved the way for Rosslyn Hill Mining to continue to export lead through the port of Fremantle. We’d better keep the pressure on that professional and continuous monitoring of lead transport through cities and towns will be of very high standards.